Solidarity above All Else

The Plain Satisfactions

While I hate bringing politics into our discussions, this year’s run for NY Governor is going to be hot with educational issues. I want to urge you not to allow political differences to divide you.

Yesterday Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the candidate for governor of New York State for the Republican and Conservative parties, announced the beginning of the Stop Common Core independent nominating petitions to be circulated around the State of New York.

Astorino makes some good sound bytes in regards to his opposition to Common Core.  The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins is also opposed, as is Zephyr Teachout in her run against Cuomo in the Democratic primaries. But there is more to this debate than simply a myopic dislike of Common Core (by the way, I hate it too). As these candidates develop their platform and their detailed positions on education (some are already well on their…

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About Betsy Bloom

Betsy is an Associate Professor of Education at Hartwick College in Oneonta NY. She is also a parent of two, a nine year veteran middle school social studies teacher and the current president of the NYS Foundations of Education Association, an organization dedicated to achieving social justice through public education.
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